Public Affairs

Governor Signs Historic Transfer Bill into Law

October 6, 2010

On Oct. 4 at Los Angeles Mission College, CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed joined a host of dignitaries including Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), Assemblymember Paul Fong (D-Cupertino) and California Community College Chancellor Jack Scott for what was referred to by the Governor as "a great day celebrating two historic pieces of legislation", the ceremonial signing of SB 1440, the STAR Act and its companion bill, AB 2302.

"The bottom line is that Senate Bill 1440 is good for students," said Reed.  "It will streamline the process to transfer to a CSU, save the students money and time and make their goal of earning a bachelor's degree possible."

The new statute establishes a transfer Associate of Arts Degree (AA) for those students who have completed 60 transferrable units.  Community college students that obtain the transfer AA degree will be admitted to the CSU with junior standing.  Both the CSU and the CCC estimate millions of dollars in savings by eliminating excess units that transfer students often accumulate in completing their degree.  By simplifying the transfer process, the STAR Act also frees up seats for other students allowing the CSU and the CCC to serve up to approximately 54,000 additional students.

Click here to access the comments by Chancellor Reed, Governor Schwarzenegger, Senator Padilla, Assemblymember Fong, Chancellor Scott and others.